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FFC's 23rd International Conference and Expo on Functional Foods - 11th Int. Symposium of ASFFBC

Functional Foods and Bioactive Compounds in Health and Disease:
Science and Practice. April 24-25, 2018, San Diego Convention Center, San Diego, CA


Main Conference Topics/Sessions

Session: Functional Food Definition and the Status of Functional Foods in Japan, China, USA and other Countries

  • The regulations, policy, and labeling of functional foods in Japan
  • Weaknesses and strong points of FOSHU/Food for Special Health Usage
  • What is the status of Functional Foods in the USA? Expert opinions from NIH, USDA, and FDA
  • How the new definition of Functional Foods can help to improve the status of functional foods word wide

Session: Functional Foods and Obesity

  • Epidemiology of obesity
  • The modern mechanisms of obesity; energy metabolism and obesity; neurobiological mechanisms of obesity; microbiological mechanisms of obesity; pathophysiologic mechanisms of obesity
  • Biomarkers of obesity
  • The effects of functional food and bioactive compounds on biomarkers of obesity
  • Medical foods for obesity

Session: Functional Foods and Diabetes

  • Epidemiology of diabetes
  • The modern mechanisms of diabetes
  • Biomarkers of diabetes
  • The effects of functional food and bioactive compounds on biomarkers of diabetes
  • Medical foods for diabetes

Session: Functional Foods and Neurological Diseases

  • Epidemiology of mental and neurological diseases
  • Mechanisms of neurological diseases
  • Biomarkers of different mental and neurological diseases
  • The effects of functional food and bioactive compounds on biomarkers of neurological diseases
  • Functional foods for mental and neurological diseases
  • Medical foods for neurological diseases

Session: Functional Foods and Cardiovascular Diseases (CVD)

  • Epidemiology of CVD
  • Biomarkers of different cardiovascular diseases
  • The effects of functional food and bioactive compounds on biomarkers of cardiovascular diseases
  • Medical foods for CVD

Session: Functional Foods and Cancer

  • Epidemiology of Cancer
  • Biomarkers of different types of cancer
  • The effects of functional food and bioactive compounds on biomarkers of different types of cancer
  • Medical Foods for the Cancer

Session: Functional Foods with Bioactive Compound(s): Prevention and Management of Non-communicable Diseases

  • Functional foods and other non-communicable diseases
  • Bioactive compounds and other non-communicable diseases
  • The effects of medical food on biomarkers of non-communicable diseases

Session: Safety of the Bioactive Compounds and Functional Foods

  • Food-Drug Interactions
  • Safety of bioactive compounds at efficacious levels
  • Safety of functional foods at efficacious levels
  • Regulatory issues and health claims

Session: Biomarkers and Functional Food

  • Biomarkers and functional foods
  • Biomarkers available for assessing diet-related changes
  • How can biomarkers improve functional food products development process?
  • The importance of Monitoring Biomarkers in Functional food Science
  • FDA’s Biomarker Qualification Program and creation of new functional foods

Session: MicroRNAs from foods

  • DietaryRNAs 
  • MicroRNAs from foods
  • MicroRNAs are bioactive compounds
  • Bioavailability of MicroRNAs

Special Session: Nanotechnology for drug and bioactive compounds delivery systems. Session Chair: Rangel-Vázquez, Ph.D., Research Professor at Technological Institute of Aguascalientes (ITA), Mexico

Special Session: Coffee consumption benefits and adverse events: Session Chair: Gabriela Riscuta MD, CNS, Program Director, Nutritional Science Research Group, Division of Cancer Prevention, National Cancer Institute, NIH, Bethesda, MD, USA

  • Coffee composition and nutritional information
  • Identification and quantification of bioactive compounds in coffee
  • Coffee and its consumption: Benefits and risks, epidemiological and clinical studies
  • Coffee consumption and risk of chronic disease: Clinical and epidemiological studies
  • Functional properties of coffee and coffee by-products

Special session: Bioavailability of bioactive compounds:

  • Food structuring and bioaccessibility/ bioavailability
  • Edible delivery systems for bioactive compounds
  • Micro- and nano-encapsulation
  • Impact of processing technologies/conditions on bioaccessibility/ bioavailability
  • Underlying mechanisms of bioaccessibility/ bioavailability

Special session: Dietary Nitrite and Nitrate. Session Chair: Nathan S. Bryan, Ph.D., Department of Molecular and Human Genetics, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX USA

  • Chemistry and biology of nitric oxide
  • Oxidative stress and nitric oxide
  • Production and consumption of nitric oxide
  • The role of inorganic nitrate and nitrite in cardiovascular disease
  • Nitric oxide supplements and muscle growth
  • Dietary nitrite and nitrate: potential mechanisms of cardiovascular benefits
  • Are nitric oxide supplements safe?

Special session: Sports Nutrition and Functional Foods. Session Chair: Debasis Bagchi, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Pharmacological and Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Houston College of Pharmacy, Houston, TX, United States

  • Nutrition for Strength Adaptations
  • Requirements of Proteins, Fats, and Carbohydrates for Athletes
  • Physiological Basis for Creatine Supplementation In Skeletal Muscle and the Central Nervous System
  • The Role of Glycine-Arginine-Alpha-Ketoisocaproic Acid (GAKIC) in Sports Nutrition
  • Roles of Chromium (III), Vanadium, Iron, and Zinc in Sports Nutrition
  • Human Performance and Sports Application of Herbal Supplements
  • Carbohydrate and Glycogen Metabolism: Training and Dietary Influences and Their Impact on Performance and Recovery
  • Eccentric Exercise: Benefits and Applications to Training
  • Strength Assessments: Neuromuscular and Biomechanical Considerations
  • Sports Nutrition Beverages: An Overview
  • Nutrition in Paralympics
  • An Overview of Extreme Sports

Session: Current Research and Development of New Functional Food Products.

  • Incentives for functional food research and development
  • Consumer acceptance of functional food products
  • Functional food composition and dietary intake databases
  • Food vehicles for delivery bioactive compounds
  • Research, development and marketing of new functional food products